It’s Time to Play! 7 Adorable Sun Hat Knitting Patterns for Kids

Kids love to play outdoors during the summer, but even slathering on lots of sunscreen doesn’t totally protect them from the sun. If you’re itching to knit despite the warm weather, now’s your chance! Sun hats made of cotton, linen, and other warm weather-friendly fibers are the perfect project.

Hit the beach — or the backyard — without fear of sunburn when little ones sport one of these bright, cheerful knitted sun hats.

Swirling Sun Hat knitting pattern

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Swirling Sun Hat

Everything about this hat says summer, from the cotton fiber to the bright colors of the yarn. This hat is a slow decreasing lace swirl that’s worked sideways so that you can easily customize the fit for your kiddo.

Get the Swirling Sun Hat pattern here.

Sun Brim Hat knitting pattern

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Sun Brim Hat

A chunky yarn ensures you can knit this hat up just in time for that trip to the beach! There are even sizes for adults in case you want to make a matching hat of your own.

Get the Sun Brim Hat pattern here.

Safari Sun Baby Hat knitting pattern

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Safari Sun Baby Hat

Plastic canvas or another washable template material teams up with your favorite warm-weather yarn for a brim that is sure to keep the sun out of baby’s eyes. The hat is sized up to 1-2 years, so you can even make one for toddlers.

Get the Safari Sun Baby Hat pattern here.

Colorblock Hat knitting pattern

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Colorblock Hat

Have some scrap yarn that you want to use? This hat would be great! Find chunky-weight scraps in a great color palette and knit until you run out of yarn. I love the palette of this hat, where purple gives that pop of color to the two neutrals.

Get the Colorblock Hat pattern here.

Girl's Sun Hat and Jacket knitting pattern


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Girl’s Sun Hat and Jacket

This beautiful sun hat comes with a matching jacket that’s ideal for layering on top of baby’s summer clothes. (You never know when it might get just a little chilly!) You’ll need just a small amount of contrast yarn for the buttons and embellishments; you can even pull some yardage from your scraps!

Get the Girl’s Sun Hat and Jacket pattern here.

Sun Hat Solei knitting pattern

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Sun Hat Solei

Kids who love bows will certainly like this sun hat. The hat is worked in a simple in-the-round pattern and comes in four sizes to fit kids at any age.

Get the Sun Hat Solei pattern here.

Dungarees, Polo Shirt, and Sun Hat Set knitting pattern


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Dungarees, Polo Shirt, and Sun Hat Set

This outfit was inspired by the arrival of the royal baby. Knit any piece of this set individually if you’re short on time. We love this hat’s preppy sailor-style colors, but we could also see this one knit up in bright colors, too.

Get the Dungarees, Polo Shirt, and Sun Hat Set pattern here.

Feeling lost when it comes to knitting hats in the round? Stefanie Japel is here to help! Her class Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways will show you everything you need to know about knitting in the round, from casting on to blocking and even embellishing.

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